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Events for October

  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Lin Ma, Associate Professor in Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    Talk Title: High Speed and Multidimensional Combustion Diagnostics

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Abstract: This talk describes our efforts to enable high speed and multidimensional measurements in turbulent combustion systems, which have been long desired for resolving the inherent three-dimensional spatial features and temporal dynamics of turbulent flames. This talk uses several examples to introduce our recent work on multidimensional diagnostics using tomography, and to discuss the unique opportunities that they can enable. Examples include the multidimensional measurements of mixture fraction, temperature fields, chemical species distribution, and instantaneous 3D flame topography. Combined with ruggedized hardware and robust data analyzing algorithms, such measurements have been successfully demonstrated in both laboratory flames and also practical combustion systems including a model scramjet combustor.

    Biography: Lin Ma worked as a graduate research assistant from 2000-2006 in the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory (HTGL) at Stanford University. He started his faculty career in 2006 after completing his PhD work, focusing on multidimensional laser diagnostics. His work on 2D mixture fraction measurement was recognized by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER award. He is also active in teaching and professional services. His teaching and research efforts were recognized by a Board of Trustee Award, and he is an active member of several professional organizations and technical committees.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • Employer Networking Tips- Presented by Southern California Edison

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Southern California Edison will be on campus to help students learn about Networking including how to network at the Engineering Career Fair. They will provide students with great tips from an employer perspective. Don't miss out!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation Information Session

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Occidental Petroleum Corporation invites you to attend an on-campus information session to learn more about full time and summer internship opportunities, as well as learn about the company, meet and network with company representatives, alumni and prior interns.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • SHPE General Body Meeting: Career Fair Boot Camp

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The first impression is always the most important one! Learn how to make a lasting impression with company representatives by practicing your elevator pitches and your interview skills. And if that wasn't enough, we will also be holding resume reviews to learn the dos and don'ts of a proper resume.

    Location: VPD 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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  • What's Harder - Strategic Leadership or Rocket Science

    Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Rick Baily, VP of Engineering and Mission Assurance for Boeing's Defense, Space and Security Division, is coming a campus to talk about leadership and his transition from an engineer to executive within a Fortune 500 engineering company. Co-Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders and the Society of Women Engineers.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Engineers Without Borders

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  • Go Global Study Abroad Fair

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    Come out to the annual Go Global fair to learn about study abroad opportunities for engineering students! Plus, you'll have a chance to enter a raffle to win a new Polaroid Camera.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - Lobby

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • NetApp Undergraduate Corporate Luncheon

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Looking for an opportunity to learn more about cloud computing? We have just the event for you! Join the University of Southern California's SWE and ACM for a lunch and learn with NetApp, an industry leader in data management services. NetApp is recruiting undergraduate interns for Summer 2015.

    Enjoy free Chipotle and network with representatives from their engineering, finance, business and HR departments. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Find the RSVP link and more event information at:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/706884379365669

    Location: Annenberg School For Communication (ASC) - General lobby

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • Chemistry Department Colloquium: “Pushing Block Copolymer Self-Assembly to its (sub-10 nm) Limits"

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:50 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Jillian Buriak, Department of Chemistry and the National Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Alberta, Edmonton

    Talk Title: Pushing Block Copolymer Self-Assembly to its (sub-10 nm) Limits

    Abstract: Self-assembled nanostructures continue to be the focus of intense research due to their obvious inspiration from
    Nature, and secondly, their enormous utility for patterning nanoscale structures with little outside intervention.
    The directed self-assembly of block copolymers is a widely studied example that has great potential for
    producing a broad array of regular and intricate nanostructures with only a small degree of external guidance, or
    none at all. Thin layers of block copolymers can be induced to self-assemble to form very detailed patterns on
    surfaces, and in this context, they can be used a template for directing surface chemistry on a range of different
    technologically relevant interfaces. The spatially defined surface chemistry that can be accomplished, using the
    nanoscale direction from the block copolymers, ranges from metallization, to metal oxide formation, to the
    covalent attachment of small molecules, to highly controlled anisotropic surface etching. There remain,
    however, many problems, many of which are defined by the International Technology Roadmap for
    Semiconductors (www.itrs.net), with regards to block copolymer-mediated directed self-assembly. Being able to
    produce sub-10 nm features, with very low line edge roughness in a rapid fashion, accompanied by very low
    error rates is both challenging and fascinating. In this seminar, we will outline current approaches towards the
    use of self-assembled block copolymer nanostructures on technologically relevant semiconductor materials, to
    produce complex sub 10-nm features. Various routes towards accessing unexpected and useful structures will be
    discussed, along with quantification of error rates and defect densities; in many cases these structures are
    substantially smaller than what would be expected, based upon the natural periods and spacings of a given block
    copolymer. Conversion of these block copolymer nanostructures into functional metal and metal oxide
    nanopatterns will be described.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 123

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • Get Connected for Maximum Job Search Success

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us to get tips on how to make successful connections. Attend this workshop and learn how to build relationships & connections to assist you in your academic career & in your job search. Develop the 30 Second Commercial you need to interact with employers. Discover how much networking you already do!

    UNDERGRADS, if you are attending VINE on October 7th, this workshop will also provide tips on networking at this event. Hope to see you there!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Abbott Information Session with AIChE

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Interested in working for Abbott? Come hear firsthand about this pharmaceuticals and health care products company from its own campus representatives! They will be giving an overview of the company and sharing their experiences in the industry. You'll also get the chance to have any of your questions answered!

    DINNER will be provided!

    REMINDER: You must be a paid member of AIChE-USC to participate. If you haven't done so already, fill out the membership form below AND bring your $20 dues, or pay online.

    AIChE-USC Website: LINK

    Location: Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (HED) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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  • DPS Ice Cream Social presented by Viterbi GAPP

    Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 11:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Viterbi GAPP Presents: DPS Ice Cream Social.

    Enjoy ice cream with DPS!
    Register your bike
    Get Questions Answered

    *Ice cream available while supplies last*

    *Event for Viterbi graduate students. Attendees must show USC ID*

    Location: E Quad

    Audiences: Graduate

    Posted By: Meredith Tiras

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Fri, Oct 03, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Society of Women Engineers: High School Mentorship

    Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Inspire the next generation of women in engineering! We work with local high schools to mentor students interested in math and science. Check out the following link for more information:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1469567326639953

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • It's Your Discussion: Lunch with Raytheon Executive

    Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Jerry Charlow, Vice President of Program Management Excellence, and Shanique Smith, Deputy Production Program Manager, are on campus to answer answer any questions about being an engineer and how to best prepare for life after graduation.

    All majors welcome to this opportunity to dialogue with an experienced engineer and Viterbi alum.

    Lunch provided.
    RSVP required: http://tinyurl.com/yourdiscussion

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Center for Engineering Diversity

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Devon Shay, Director of Engineering & Geosciences, Signal Hill Petroleum

    Talk Title: Old Oil Fields in the LA Basin

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • NL Seminar- Getting Good at Research

    Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kevin Knight, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Getting Good at Research

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: If you do good research, you'll find that many doors open. I'll offer some suggest for how to make that happen. This should be an interactive session.


    Biography: Kevin Knight is the director of the ISI Natural Language group, a professor of Computer Science at USC, and an ISI Fellow.

    Host: Aliya Deri

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Oct 06, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ellis Meng, Keyue Shen, Francisco Valero-Cuevas, David D'Argenio, Meng (Professor, BME), Keyue Shen (Assistant Professor, BME), Francisco Valero-Cuevas (Professor, BME & Biokinesiology), David D'Argenio (Professor, BME)

    Talk Title: BME Research Presentations

    Abstract: Ellis Meng (12:30-12:45)Talk Title: Biomedical Microsystems Lab
    Keyue Shen (12:50-1:05)Talk Title: Integrative Biosystems Engineering for Cell Therapeutics and Biomedicine
    Francisco Valero-Cuevas (1:10-1:25)Talk Title: Neuromuscular systems
    David D'Argenio (1:30-1:45)Talk Title: Systems Pharmacology: An Integrating Framework for Translational Medicine

    Host: Stanley Yamashiro

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • ASME Industry Night

    Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Join your mechanical and aerospace engineering peers for a night of professional development and networking! Some of the companies that will be present are Lockheed Martin and Rehrig Pacific.

    The breakdown of the evening is as follows:

    5:30pm Resume Reviews
    6:00pm Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Keynote Speech
    6:15pm Networking

    Hors d'oeuvres will be served during the networking portion of the event.

    To RSVP, fill out the form: http://goo.gl/4BxDAU.
    *Be sure to email your resume to uscasme@gmail.com after filling out the RSVP form to complete your reservation!

    More Information: ASME Industry Night Invitation.pdf

    Location: Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library (DML) - 240

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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  • CANCELLED- Microsoft Code Challenge

    Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This session has been cancelled. Please attend Microsoft's Meet the Company Event on October 9th.

    Learn more about what Microsoft has to offer. Ask questions of Microsoft Recruiter, Dave Cotter, and talk with Software Development Engineers.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd (SGM) 101
    Time: Thursday, October 9th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

    Enjoy Free Pizza and bring your Resume!!

    Location: 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Tue, Oct 07, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

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    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Oculus VR Tech Talk: VR, the future, and you

    Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    In the surprisingly near future, VR is very likely to transform how we interact with information, computers, and each other. This talk will discuss why VR is likely to be a key part of our future, why it's different from anything that's come before, and what that implies for researchers and developers. Oculus VR Chief Scientist Michael Abrash will be hosting this presentation.

    More Information: USC IEEE Oculus VR Tech Talk 10-7-14.pdf

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • The Viterbi Industry Networking Event

    Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi Industry Networking Event allows Viterbi juniors and seniors from select active student organizations to meet employers the evening before the Fall and Spring Career Fairs and allows students to practice their networking skills by engaging with top engineering companies in a professional business networking environment.

    This is an Invite Only event

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Juniors & Seniors Only

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Society of Women Engineers: General Meeting

    Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Come check out SWE at our second general meeting! Learn about our upcoming events and learn how you can get more involved! Dinner will be provided.
    Like our Facebook page SWE-USC for more details!

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • AAAI@USC Presents: Machine Learning@Google Tech Talk

    Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/684767928280665/

    RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1calarGI281ZKKo0QSSHSSOX_M78-kxWeDBbb1NDennQ/viewform

    Title: From Text to Concepts at Google

    Abstract: This talk will describe Rephil, a system used widely within Google to identify the concepts or topics that underlie a given piece of text. Rephil determines, for example, that "apple pie" relates to some of the same concepts as "chocolate cake", but has little in common with "apple ipod". The concepts used by Rephil are not pre-specified; instead, they are derived by an unsupervised learning algorithm running on massive amounts of text. The result of this learning process is a Rephil model -- a giant Bayesian network with concepts as nodes. I will discuss the structure of Rephil models, the distributed machine learning algorithm that we use to build these models from terabytes of data, and the Bayesian network inference algorithm that we use to identify concepts in new texts under tight time constraints. I will also discuss how Rephil relates to ongoing academic research on probabilistic topic models.

    Bio: Brian Milch is a software engineer at Google's Los Angeles office. He first joined Google in 2000, after completing a B.S. in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. A year later, he entered the Computer Science Ph.D. program at U.C. Berkeley. He received his doctorate in 2006, with a thesis focused on the integration of probabilistic and logical approaches to artificial intelligence. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT before returning to Google in 2008. He has contributed to Google production systems for spelling correction, transliteration, and semantic modeling of text.

    After the talk, Brian will also be happy to answer questions about both the technical material and what it's like to work on machine learning at Google.

    ---Free Pizzas and Google swags will be provided---

    For more AAAI@USC events, visit and join our group here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/344421032279109/736754983045710

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Giovanni Sutanto

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    Register Now

    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Viterbi Career Fair

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi Career Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Students do not need to register for this event, just show up! This casual, yet professional, environment allows students the opportunity to have brief conversations with recruiters about full-time employment, internships, and co-ops. Don't forget your resume!

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Computer Science Tenured Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Event details will be emailed to invited attendees.

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Subspace Techniques for Parallel Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Derya Dol Gungor, Ohio State University

    Talk Title: Subspace Techniques for Parallel Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Parallel magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI) is an attempt to accelerate data acquisition by simultaneously collecting subsampled k-space data from multiple surface coils. The different sensitivity patterns for the various coils provide a spatial encoding and permit recovery from subsampled or otherwise aliased data. The smooth coil sensitivities in the image domain multiply with the single image representing the spin density of the excited slice. Via the Fourier transform, this can be written as a convolution of k-space representations of the coil sensitivities and the image. Since both the sensitivities and image are unknown in reality, this problem can be formulated as a blind multichannel deconvolution problem in the fully sampled case and this formulation allows us to use the established literature in signal processing to remedy the problems in parallel magnetic resonance imaging.

    In this presentation, we particularly focus on subspace techniques to estimate both the coil sensitivities and the calibration kernels of the parallel imaging methods, which are conventionally extracted from a region of fully sampled low-pass calibration data. However, for high acceleration rates, the acquisition of the fully sampled calibration data becomes a limiting factor. Thus, we investigate extraction of coil sensitivities and calibration kernels from subsampled reference or ACS lines. We show that the subspace techniques can also be used for coil combination once the interpolated k-space data are obtained using coil-by-coil reconstruction techniques such as GRAPPA or SPIRiT. We demonstrate that the minimum mean square error (MMSE) criterion provides a non-iterative coil combination method that employs signal space vectors, and provides higher contrast images with less intensity inhomogeneity than well-known coil combination approaches such as square-root sum-of-squares (SoS) and adaptive coil combination. Finally, we show that subspace techniques can also be used in pre-processing to suppress noise by exploiting structure and low-rank property in matrices obtained from fully sampled and uniformly subsampled acquired data in parallel imaging.

    Biography: Derya Gol Gungor received her B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Ankara University, Turkey in 2007, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, USA in 2014. She spent a year in Bilkent University as a graduate research and teaching assistant. In 2013, she worked as a graduate research intern in Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ. Her general areas of interest are signal & image processing, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. During her undergraduate, she was awarded with scholarships from Ankara University, Turkish Prime-ministry and Turkish Education Foundation (TEV).


    Host: Professor Krishna Nayak

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Anirban Guha, Postdoctoral Fellow in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Talk Title: On the Connection between Wave Resonance, Shear Instability and Oscillator Synchronization

    Abstract: Homlboe (Geophys. Publ., vol. 24, 1962, pp. 7-112) postulated that interaction between two or more progressive, linear interfacial waves produces exponentially growing instabilities in idealized (broke-line profiles), homogeneous or density-stratified, inviscid shear layers. We have generalized Holmboe's mechanistic picture of linear shear instabilities by (i) not initially specifying the wave type, and (ii) providing the option for non-normal growth. We have demonstrated the mechanism behind linear shear instabilities by proposing a purely kinematic model consisting of two linear, Doppler-shifted, progressive interfacial waves moving in opposite directions. Moreover, we have found a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of exponentially growing instabilities in idealized shear forms. The two interfacial waves, starting from arbitrary initial conditions, eventually phase-lock and resonate (grow exponentially), provided the necessary and sufficient condition in satisfied. The theoretical underpinning of our wave interaction model is analogous to that of synchronization between two coupled harmonic oscillators. We have re-framed our model into a nonlinear autonomous dynamical system, the steady-state configuration of which corresponds to the resonant configuration of the wave interaction model. When interpreted in terms of the canonical normal-mode theory, the steady-state/resonant configuration corresponds to the growing normal mode of the discrete spectrum. The instability mechanism occurring prior to reaching steady state is non-modal, favoring rapid transient growth. Depending on the wavenumber and initial phase-shift, non-modal gain can exceed the corresponding modal gain by many orders of magnitude. Instability is also observed in the parameter space, which is deemed stable by the normal-mode theory. Using our model we have derived the discrete spectrum non-modal stability equations for three classical examples of shear instabilities: Rayleigh/Kelvin-Helmholtz, Holmboe and Taylor-Caulfield. We have shown that the necessary and sufficient condition provides a range of unstable wave numbers for each instability type, and this range matched the predictions of normal-mode theory.

    Biography: Anirban Guha is currently a Postdoctoral fellow in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA. He is particularly interested in stratified shear instabilities, Rossby and gravity waves, vortices, and flow over topography. Dr. Guha obtained an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of British Columbia, Canada. He received various awards during his Ph.D. studies at UBC - the Four year fellowship, the Earl R. Peterson memorial scholarship, and the Faculty of applied science graduate award. Dr. Guha was also the 2013 recipient of the prestigious David Crighton Fellowship from DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Albert Dorman Distinguished Lecture Series

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: G. Wayne Clough, President Emiritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology & Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute

    Talk Title: From the Eocene to the Anthropocene:An Engineer's View of Climate Change

    Abstract: The lecture series honors Albert Dorman, an architect and civil engineer who is a USC alumnus and the founding chairman of AECOM Technology Corporation. He is the first person to become both a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the winner of the ASCE Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership.





    Biography: Dr. Wayne Clough is the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex with activities in more than 130 countries. He oversees a construction and renovation program of more than $1 billion, including the current refurbishing of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and construction of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Before his appointment to the Smithsonian, Clough was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years, which U.S. News and World Report ranked among the top 10 public universities during his tenure. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with specialties in geotechnical and earthquake engineering.

    Reception follows after the lecture.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Society of Women Engineers: Fall Evening with Industry

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    After spending the day at the career fair, join us for our Fall Evening with Industry! You will get to network with industry members from a wide variety of companies over dinner and desert. You will not want to miss this event! Check out the following link to for more information and to RSVP:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1451757928446625

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • Cypress Semiconductor Information Session

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    An intimate setting to learn more about Cypress, our products, our culture, the positions we are hiring for. This is a great opportunity to network with Cypress hiring managers and staffing team.

    One of our core values is hiring the best and that is why we are recruiting at USC. We're looking for engineers and business students who have a passion for technology.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • VISA Tech Talk

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Visa recruiters will be giving a talk about the technology they use and will be going over opportunities available for summer internships and full time. Jobs are being offered, all majors are welcome, so make sure to come by and bring your resume! FREE FOOD will be available!!!

    Location: VPD 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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  • Intel Corporation Info Session

    Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come meet representatives from multiple unique and exciting groups at Intel. Find out what they're working on in Wireless Technology, Mobile Communications, Competitive Analysis, Information Systems & Security, Software Solutions, Data Centers and more. Listen to some of the exciting opportunities for interns and grads within the organization

    BS, MS, PhD Welcomed

    Food will be served!

    Bring your resume! We are hiring!

    There will also be a raffle for an HP Pavilion x360 - 11t Touch Laptop

    More Information: USC Flyer Info Session Fall 2014.pdf

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Thu, Oct 09, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

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    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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  • Intel Corporation Office Hours

    Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Grab your resume and come as you are!

    Come have a snack and meet Intel Leaders & Technology Experts - Learn about full time and intern opportunities in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Computer Science.
    (All Engineering Disciplines Welcome)

    Stop by, meet our team, chat about Intel, receive resume tips, career advice, network. This is your chance to spend time with the hiring team outside of the hectic 2-3 minutes at the career fair. We look forward to seeing you!

    Bagels and snacks provided!

    Make a difference at intel.com/jobs

    More Information: USC Flyer Office Hours Fall 2014.pdf

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Microsoft Information Session

    Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn more about what Microsoft has to offer. Ask questions of Microsoft Recruiter, Dave Cotter, and talk with Software Development Engineers.

    Enjoy Free Pizza and bring your Resume!!!

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • CS Colloquium: Adrian Nistor (Chapman University) - Detecting and Repairing Performance Bugs using Execution and Code Patterns

    Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 11:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Adrian Nistor, Chapman University

    Talk Title: Detecting and Repairing Performance Bugs using Execution and Code Patterns

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: In this talk we will discuss Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat, three novel techniques for automatically detecting and repairing performance bugs. Unlike profilers, which focus on methods that take a long time to execute, Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat focus on code and execution patterns that are highly indicative of common programming mistakes affecting performance. The additional information provided by these patterns enable Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat to have better results---more automation, fewer false negatives, fewer false
    positives, automated repair---than profilers for the bugs Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat are designed to find. Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat employ novel dynamic and static analyses. Caramel, Toddler, and SunCat found previously unknown performance bugs in widely used Java, C/C++, and C# applications, including in mobile applications.


    Biography: Adrian Nistor started as an Assistant Professor at Chapman University in Fall 2014. He received his Ph.D from the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2014. His research interests are in software engineering, with a focus on detecting, repairing, and preventing bugs in real-world applications. His projects investigate performance bugs and concurrency bugs. His techniques found more than 150 previously unknown bugs in widely used software, e.g., PARSEC, GCC, Google Chrome, Mozilla, MySQL, Ant, Google Core Libraries, Lucene, Tomcat, JUnit, JMeter, Log4J, etc. More than 100 of these bugs are already fixed by developers. His research includes empirical and analytical work, static and dynamic techniques, hardware-assisted and software-only solutions, and bugs from various application types---client, server, mobile, and scientific applications.

    Host: GJ Halfond

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Women's Discover Engineering Day

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join SHPE as we introduce local female high school students to the field of engineering and all its applications in daily life. We will stimulate, or initiate, their interest in engineering with team-oriented competitions and workshops. However, our main goal will be to encourage them to pursue higher education and apply to college!

    Location: Engineering Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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  • AI SEMINAR

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yolanda Gil, Deputy Director, Intelligent Systems Division

    Talk Title: Semantic Challenges in Getting Work Done

    Abstract: In the new millennium, work involves an increasing amount of tasks that are knowledge-rich and collaborative. We are investigating how semantics can help on both fronts. Our focus is scientific work, in particular data analysis, where tremendous potential resides in combining the knowledge and resources of a highly fragmented science community. We capture task knowledge in semantic workflows, and use skeletal plan refinement algorithms to assist users when they specify high-level tasks. But the formulation of workflows is in itself a collaborative activity, a kind of meta-workflow composed of tasks such as finding the data needed or designing a new algorithm to handle the data available. We are investigating "organic data science", a new approach to collaboration that allows scientists to formulate and resolve scientific tasks through an open framework that facilitates ad-hoc participation. With a design based on social computing principles, our approach makes scientific processes transparent and incorporates semantic representations of tasks and their properties. The semantic challenges involved in this work are numerous and have great potential to transform the Web to help us do work in more productive and unanticipated ways.

    Biography: Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies and Associate Division Director at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in the Computer Science Department. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Gil conducts research on various aspects of Interactive Knowledge Capture, including intelligent user interfaces, knowledge-rich problem solving, and the semantic web. In recent years, her work has focused on collaborative large-scale scientific data analysis through semantic workflows. She initiated and chaired the W3C Provenance Incubator that led to the PROV community standard. She was elected Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2012. Dr. Gil is the current Chair of ACM SIGAI, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence.

    Host: Greg VerSteeg

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th floor large conference room

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ed Ebrahimian, Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting of the City of Los Angeles

    Talk Title: LA's Leadership in LED Street Lighting

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Munushian Seminar - Keynote Lecture

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Wineland, NIST Time and Frequency Division, Boulder, CO

    Talk Title: Quantum Computers and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat

    Abstract: Quantum systems such as atoms can be used to store information. For example, we can store binary information in two energy levels of an atom by labeling the state with lower energy a “0” and the state with higher energy a “1.” However, quantum systems can also exist in superposition states, thereby storing both states of the bit simultaneously, a situation that makes no sense in our ordinary-day experience. This property of quantum bits or “qubits” potentially leads to an exponential increase in memory and processing capacity. It would enable a quantum computer to efficiently solve certain problems such as factorizing large numbers - an ability that could compromise the security of current encryption systems. A quantum computer would also realize an analog of “Schrödinger’s Cat,” a bizarre situation where a cat could be simultaneously dead and alive. Experiments whose goal is to realize a quantum computer based on laser manipulations of atomic ions will be described.

    Biography: David J. Wineland (born 1944) is an American physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory in Boulder. His work has included advances in optics, specifically laser cooling of ions in Paul traps and use of trapped ions to implement quantum computing operations. Wineland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and his PhD in 1970 working under Norman Ramsey at Harvard University. He then worked as a postdoc in Hans Dehmelt’s group at the University of Washington before joining the National Bureau of Standards in 1975 where he started the ion storage group, now at NIST, Boulder. Wineland is a fellow of the American Physical society, the American Optical society, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992. He was the recipient of the 1990 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, the 1990 William F. Meggers Award of the Optical Society of America, the 1996 Einstein Medal for Laser Science of the Society
    of Optical and Quantum electronics, the 1998 Rabi Award from the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics,
    and Frequency Control Society, the 2001 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser. He is an American Nobel-Prize-winning physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory. His work has included advances in optics, specifically laser cooling of ions in Paul traps and use of trapped ions to implement quantum computing operations. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Serge Haroche, for “ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.”

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 124

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Todd Oliver, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at UT-Austin

    Talk Title: A Framework for Validating Predictions of Unobserved Quantities with Applicatons from Turbulent Flow Similation

    Abstract:
    In applied science and engineering, computational models are commonly used to make predictions of quantities that are not experimentally observable. Assessing the validity of such predictions, which are fundamentally extrapolations, is challenging but critical. In classical approaches to validation, model outputs for observed quantities are compared to observations to determine if they are consistent. By itself, this consistency only ensures that the model can predict the observed quantities under the conditions of the observations. This limitation dramatically reduces the utility of the
    validation effort for decision making because it implies nothing about predictions of unobserved QoIs or for scenarios outside of the range of observations.

    This talk will describe a process for validation of extrapolative predictions for models with known sources of error. The process includes stochastic modeling, calibration, validation, and predictive assessment phases where representations of known sources of uncertainty and error are built, informed, and tested. The methodology is applied to a simple spring-mass-damper system to illustrate the process in the simplest possible setting. Finally, some aspects of the process, including calibration and stochastic modeling, are discussed in the context of RANS turbulence modeling.





    Biography:

    Todd Oliver is a research associate with the Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Sciences (PECOS) at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at UT-Austin. Dr. Oliver's expertise is in the broad area of computational fluid dynamics with specific focus on statistical methods for the validation of models and predictions. At PECOS he developed predictive tools for the analysis and design of re-entry vehicles.


    Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • NL Seminar- Interplay between Continuous and Discrete Aspects of Brain Image Analysis

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Boris Gutman, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Interplay between Continuous and Discrete Aspects of Brain Image Analysis

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Brain MRI offers tremendous opportunity to learn about cortical anatomy, function and connectivity. In this talk I will go over several standard techniques for image understanding used in brain imaging. These include image registration, segmentation, tractography and graph-based connectivity analyses. Among these algorithms, we routinely encounter both continuous and discrete types of analysis. Non-linear image registration, typically formalized as a diffeomorphism on the image domain, is an example of the former: we may ask for instance how much volume change the brain is experiencing locally over time, clearly a continuous measure. In another example, we may trace continuous curves in space that best fit a Diffusion Tensor MR image to approximate fibers in the brain’s white matter. One the other hand, connectivity between distinct units within the nervous system is an example of discrete analysis: for instance, the brain’s functionally distinct regions are thought of as nodes in a graph, whose edges are defined by the connecting fiber models.

    After a brief description of the standard methods at hand, I will suggest an approach for combining the two types of analysis. By assuming the continuous paradigm for connectivity, we can push our connectome model from being a discrete graph to being a linear operator. Using some well-known results from operator theory, we can decompose the operator into its resident “eigen-networks,” and apply continuous methods directly. As an example, we can spatially register connectivity matrices with spatially distributed nodes. Finally, I will show two simple examples of continuous analogues for standard graph theory measures, and their potential application for an Alzheimer ’s disease study.


    Biography: Boris Gutman received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA before joining USC’s Imaging Genetics Center (IGC). He is currently a post-doctoral scholar at the IGC, under the supervision of Professor Paul M. Thompson.

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 6th Flr Conf Rm # 689 Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • ASBME Big/Little Meet n' Mingle

    Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 04:45 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Want to be a Little or a Big? Like what you saw at the Mentoring Preview Night? If so, or even if you didn't get a chance to make it, this is the first official event of the Big/Little program. We'll be having Chick-Fil-A across the way at the Rose Garden while playing some games and beginning to match you with a Big or Little. We're meeting by Tire Biter at 4:45 then walking over together at 5. This event is mandatory for anyone who wants to be a part of the program. If you have a conflict but would still like to be paired up as a Big or Little, please email asbme.mentoring@gmail.com.

    Location: Rose Garden

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • ASBME Fur Baby Rescue

    Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Love to snuggle with cute cuddling puppies and kittens? Or are you a masculine, sports-lovin', dog's-best-friend kind of guy? Well then, you'll love ASBME's open-to-all Fur Baby Rescue Event. Only a block away from the USC campus, the animal shelter will allow students to walk the animals back on to the USC campus for a fun day of doggy-filled (and kitty-filled) games and activities. Sign up with ASBME here: https://docs.google.com/a/usc.edu/forms/d/1Gt-t_UjRpXdN0hdgY9bi0Qqa-AuE28R8XmUFfrO8W6c/viewform?usp=send_form. And be sure to PRINT OUT and sign this waiver: http://www.furbabyrescue.org/# volunteer/cihc

    Location: meet at Finger Fountain

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • USC Engineering in Istanbul, Turkey - Information Session

    Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Istanbul, Turkey.This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representative Camillia Lee, Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • ASBME Korean BBQ

    Sun, Oct 12, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come join ASBME's Korean BBQ dinner! Just bring as little as $10 and ASBME will cover the rest! This event will max out at 15 people, and ASBME members have priority. Don't miss your chance to get All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ for an affordable price! PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP at https://docs.google.com/a/usc.edu/forms/d/12I2r_AeMKNUj2nIvb9LzVxcC38x1SuzQICPZNu9KG_s/viewform.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Pramode Butte, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: OR 2.0: Next Generation Technologies for Intra-Operative Tumor Detection

    Host: Michael Khoo

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Raytheon Company Information Session

    Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Please join us to learn more about Raytheon and the positions we offer.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • USC Engineering in Ankara, Turkey - Information Session

    Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Ankara,Turkey.This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representative Camillia Lee, Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • AIChE WhiteWave Foods Plant Tour

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Get a private tour of WhiteWave Foods, maker of some of your favorite food brands! From products like Silk to Horizon to Land O Lakes, WhiteWave is a huge company in the food industry and a heavy recruiter for USC. Come learn more about their company and how some of their products are made!

    Note: There are currently no more spots available for this event.

    Location: Meet at RTH

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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  • CS Colloquium - USC Student Series: George Konstantinidis, Leandro Soriano Marcolino

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: George Konstantinidis; Leandro Soriano Marcolino, USC

    Talk Title: Scalable Data Integration under Constraints, Agents Vote for the Environment: Designing Energy-Efficient Architecture

    Series: Student Seminar Series

    Abstract: Coming Soon

    Biography: Coming Soon

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CS Colloquium - USC Student Series: George Konstantinidis, Leandro Soriano Marcolino

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: George Konstantinidis, Leandro Soriano Marcolino, USC

    Talk Title: Scalable Data Integration under Constraints, Agents Vote for the Environment: Designing Energy-Efficient Architecture

    Series: Student Seminar Series

    Abstract: Saving energy is a major concern nowadays. Hence, it is fundamental to design and construct buildings that are energy efficient. It is known that the early stage of architectural design has a significant impact on this matter. However, it is very complex to create designs that are optimally energy efficient, and at the same time balance and meet other essential design criteria such as economics, space, and safety. One state of the art approach is to create parametric designs, and use a genetic algorithm to optimize across complexly coupled objectives. In this work we further improve this method, by aggregating the solutions of multiple agents. We evaluate our approach across three design case studies of increasing complexity, and show that a team of agents are able to provide one order of magnitude higher number of 1st ranked solutions in the Pareto frontier. Therefore, our approach provides the designers with a higher number of optimized solutions to choose from, that they can further subjectively evaluate, thus leading to better and highly energy efficient building designs.

    We witness an explosion of available data in all areas of human activity, from large scientific experiments, to medical data, to distributed sensors, to social media. Integrating data from disparate sources can lead to novel insights across scientific, industrial, and governmental domains. This integration is achieved by either creating a data warehouse, that is, by copying/transforming the data to a centralized site under a single schema for subsequent analysis (data exchange), or by leaving the data at their original sources and querying the data at analysis time ((virtual) data integration), making use of mappings or views between the source and the global schemas. In this work, we focus in scalable data integration and data exchange under constraints or dependencies (or ontologies). In both these problems we make use of the chase algorithm, a forward-chaining reasoning algorithm and the main tool to reason with dependencies. Our first contribution is to introduce the frugal chase, which produces smaller solutions than the standard chase, still remaining polynomial in data complexity. Our second contribution is to use the frugal chase to scale up virtual data integration, aka query answering using views, under constraints in the language of LAV-weakly-acyclic dependencies, a useful language capturing the W3C Recommendation RDF/S. The latter problem can be reduced to query rewriting using views without constraints by chasing the source mappings using the constraints. We construct a compact graph-based representation of the mappings and the constraints and develop an efficient algorithm to run the frugal chase on this representation. We show experimentally that our approach scales to larger problems, outperfomring the standard chase algorithm by close to two orders of magnitude and improving online data integration time by a factor of 3.

    Biography: George Konstantinidis is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Research Assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at USC. He studied Computer Science at the University of Crete, Greece, and holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete and the Foundation for Research and TechnologyHellas (FORTH). His research interests lie in the intersection of Databases and Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Information and Data Integration and the Semantic Web, and in particular OntologyBased Data Answering, Integration and Evolution. He enjoys combining novel theory and practical implementations. He has been a reviewer for IJCAI and TKDE, and has published papers both in A.I. (e.g., ECAI, KAIS) and in Databases (e.g., SIGMOD, VLDB).

    Leandro Soriano Marcolino is a 4th year PhD student at University of Southern California (USC). He is advised by Milind Tambe. Previously he was awarded the Monbukagakusho scholarship and obtained a M.A. in Systems Information Sciences in Future University Hakodate, Japan. His research work performed during his master's studies was a best paper nominee at AAMAS 2011. He has been researching since very early as an undergraduate student at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and was able to publish many papers before even entering graduate school. His research is mainly about teamwork and cooperation, and he has published on the topic in a variety of different domains such as swarm robotics, computer Go, and building design. He has published in several prestigious conferences in AI and robotics, such as AAAI, AAMAS, IJCAI, ICRA and IROS.

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Astani Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kai Loon Chen, Johns Hopkins University

    Talk Title: Interactions of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials with Model Cell Membranes: Implications for Nanotoxicity

    Host: Dr. Amy Childress

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Getting to know OIS and the Importance of CPT & OPT

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Looking for an internship or full-time job in the U.S.?
    Please join OIS and Viterbi Career Connections for a CPT/OPT/STEM Informational Workshop. All topics will be discussed along with application materials and immigration processing times. OIS advisors will be present to answer all of your questions about CPT, OPT, and STEM extension.

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 201

    Audiences: All Viterbi International Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • ASBME GM #3: Careers for Biomedical Engineers

    Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Wondering what the real world holds for biomedical engineers? Come to our 3rd General Meeting to hear a couple corporate representatives share their story: what their current job is all about, how they got from college to career, and why they like working in industry. This is also a great networking opportunity, so be sure to come! Dinner will be provided.

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • USC Investment Office Information Session

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in a career in investment management? The USC Investment Office is looking to hire paid interns for the Spring 2015 semester as well as internships full time Summer 2015. All undergraduates are welcome to apply. This is an amazing opportunity to work with investing USC’s endowment funds, and report to the Chief Investment Officer of USC! Undergraduates with an interest in Private and Public Equity, Hedge Funds, Venture Capital, and Real Estate are encouraged to apply. To learn more, please attend the information session.

    Location: Gwynn Wilson Student Union (STU) - B3 (Trojan Presentation Room)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Job Search Strategies for International Students

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn techniques for looking for a job in the United States and discuss important international student employment issues. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of International Services and the USC Career Center.

    This event will be held in DML 204.

    Reservations are requested for this event. Your seat is not guaranteed unless you register. To reserve a seat, log into connectSC , search for the event under "Events," and click "RSVP".

    Location: Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library (DML) - 204

    Audiences: All Viterbi International Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • EE Pioneer Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Melvin A. Breuer, USC

    Talk Title: TBA

    Abstract: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - EEB 132
    1:30pm Introduction & Welcome
    1:35pm Technical talk by Melvin A. Breuer, Charles Lee Powell Professor of EE and CS
    2:00pm Melvin A. Breuer in Conversation with Sandeep Gupta
    2:45pm Reception - Light Refreshments

    Biography: Dr. Breuer is the editor and co-author of Design Automation of Digital Systems: Theory and Techniques, Prentice-Hall; editor of Digital Systems Design Automation: Languages, Simulation and Data Base, Computer Science Press; co-author of Diagnosis and Reliable Design of Digital Systems, Computer Science Press; co-editor of Computer Hardware Description Languages and their Applications, North-Holland; co-editor and contributor to Knowledge Based Systems for Test and Diagnosis, North-Holland; and co-author of Digital System Testing and Testable Design, Computer Science Press 1990 and reprinted in 1995 by the IEEE Press. He has published over 270 technical papers and was formerly the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Design Automation and Fault Tolerant Computing, on the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Testing, the co-editor of the Journal of Digital Systems, and the Program Chairman of the Fifth International IFIP Conference on Computer Hardware Description Languages and Their Applications. He is a co-author of a paper that received an honorable mention award at the 1997 International Test Conference, a co-author of a paper nominated for the best paper award at the 1998 Design Automation and Test in Europe Conf., a co-author of a paper published in the 1998 International Test Conference that was selected to be in a compendium of significant papers over the last 35 years, and a co-author of the best paper at the 2000 Asian Test Symposium.

    Host: Ming Hsieh Institute

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • NSEG Fellowship Info Session

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program is open to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Students must be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying. The NDSEG funds applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines:

    Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    Biosciences
    Chemical Engineering
    Chemistry
    Civil Engineering
    Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
    Computer and Computational Sciences
    Electrical Engineering
    Geosciences
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Mathematics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
    Oceanography
    Physics

    The NDSEG Fellowship Application is now open https://ndseg.asee.org/ , and will close on December 12, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. EST.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Paul Newton, Professor of Applied Mathematics in Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    Talk Title: Random Walks, Markov Chains, and Cancer Progression Models from Longitudinal and Autopsy Data

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Abstract: We will describe models of metastatic cancer progression using Markov chain modeling on a directed graph of nodes that are the various anatomical sites where metastatic tumors can form for a given type of primary cancer. We use metastatic tumor distributions gathered from historical autopsy data, as well as current longitudinal data sets to estimate the transition probabilities (stochastic parameters) from site to site. This creates a systemic network diagram from which we can calculate reduced two-step diagrams using the fact that the systems converge to their steady-state distribution after roughly two steps. The diagrams are used to categorize metastatic sites as `sponges' or `spreaders', as well as to run hypothetical therapeutic scenarios based on Monte Carlo simulations of progression with mean first-passage times as a surrogate timescale measure. A useful metric which we describe is the notion of metastatic entropy and how is correlates with graph conductance dictating Markov convergence rates, mixing times, and complexity. If time permits, we will describe a more fine-scale cell based model which is driven by a stochastic Moran process acting on a heterogeneous population of cells trafficking across the directed graph to various sites, governed by a fitness landscape, with simple point-mutations, interacting via the prisoner’s dilemma paradigm in which the cancer cells are the `defectors’ and the healthy cells are the `cooperators'.

    Biography: Paul Newton received his B.S. in Applied Math/Physics at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he was Assistant and Associate Professor of Mathematics and The Center for Complex Systems Research at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has held visiting appointments at Caltech, Brown, Hokkaido University, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at U.C. Santa Barbara, and The Scripps Research Institute. He is currently Professor of Applied Math, Engineering, and Medicine in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California. He serves as Managing Editor of The Journal of Nonlinear Science, Advisor on Texts in Applied Mathematics Series, Springer-Verlag, New York, and is on The Center Advisory Committee for The Physical Sciences Oncology Center at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA where he serves as Project Leader, Mathematical Modeling: Physics and Mathematics of Cancer Metastasis.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • Turner Construction Meet & Greet

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Turner representatives will be available to
    collect resumes, chat with you, answer your questions and
    share their insight about working for Turner Construction.

    Info Session to follow

    More Information: Turner-Meet-Greet-2014.pdf

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Turner Construction Information Session

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join representatives of this company as they share general company information and available opportunities.

    More Information: Turner-Info-Session-2014_UPDATED21.pdf

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • USC Engineering in Izmir, Turkey - Information Session

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Izmir,Turkey.This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representative Camillia Lee, Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • USC Sports Analytics Collective General Meeting

    Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come get involved with USC's Sports Analytics Collective - a group that conducts research projects relating to data in sports and explore current hot-topic issues in the world of sports analytics!

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeremy USCSAC

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  • Interviewing Strategies and Techniques

    Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Discover tips on how to prepare for both technical and behavioral interviews, as well as the proper steps for follow-up!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Phillips 66 Information Session

    Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Phillips 66, created through the repositioning of ConocoPhillips, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 1, 2012, under the ticker PSX. The company brings with it a proud and successful heritage, one developed and enriched by our predecessor companies throughout more than a century of operations. Today, we stand ready to move forward into a promising future as one of the world's largest independent downstream companies. Please join us to learn about our exciting intern opportunities.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • AI Seminar-Topics in Constraint Satisfaction and Weighted Constraint Satisfaction

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Satish Kumar Thittamaranahalli , USC

    Talk Title: Topics in Constraint Satisfaction and Weighted Constraint Satisfaction

    Series: Artificial Intelligence Seminar

    Abstract: In this talk, I will present two ideas: (a) the idea of "Smoothness" in constraint satisfaction; and (b) the idea of "Constraint Composite Graphs" in weighted constraint satisfaction. Smoothness helps us identify tractable classes of constraint satisfaction problems with important implications in such diverse areas as temporal reasoning, logical filtering, and distributed problem solving. In weighted constraint satisfaction, Constraint Composite Graphs yield a long-pursued unified mathematical framework for exploiting the graphical structure of the constraint network as well as the numerical structure of the weighted constraints.



    Biography: Dr. Satish Kumar Thittamaranahalli (T. K. Satish Kumar) is a Research Scientist at the University of Southern California. He has published extensively on numerous topics in Artificial Intelligence spanning such diverse areas as Constraint Reasoning, Planning and Scheduling, Probabilistic Reasoning, Combinatorial Optimization, Approximation and Randomization, Heuristic Search, Model-Based Reasoning, Knowledge Representation and Spatio-Temporal Reasoning. He has served on the Program Committees of many international conferences in Artificial Intelligence and is a co-winner of the Best Student Paper Award from the 2005 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling. Dr. Kumar received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in March 2005. In the past, he has also been a Visiting Student at the NASA Ames Research Center, a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida and a Senior Research and Development Scientist at Mission Critical Technologies


    Host: Greg Ver Steeg

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/
    Webcast: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=bdc8f29218904371a2eb9a6c68d175c31

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    WebCast Link: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=bdc8f29218904371a2eb9a6c68d175c31d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Computer Science PhD Lunch

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    RSVP will be sent to invitees.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 322

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeff Lamb, Orange Empire Railway Museum

    Talk Title: Steam Locomotives: Past and Future

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • NL Seminar- Beyond Parallel Data: Joint Word Alignment and Decipherment Improves Machine Translation [EMNLP Practice Talk]

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Qing Dou, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Beyond Parallel Data: Joint Word Alignment and Decipherment Improves Machine Translation [EMNLP Practice Talk]

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Inspired by previous work, where de- cipherment is used to improve machine translation, we propose a new idea to combine word alignment and decipher- ment into a single learning process. We use EM to estimate the model parameters, not only to maximize the probability of parallel corpus, but also the monolingual corpus. We apply our approach to im- prove Malagasy-English machine transla- tion, where only a small amount of paral- lel data is available. In our experiments, we observe gains of 0.9 to 2.1 Bleu over a strong baseline.

    Biography: Qing Dou is a fifth year Ph.D. student at ISI. He works with Professor Kevin Knight on various decipherment problems and its application to different Natural Language Processing tasks.

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Conference Room # 689, Marina del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Society of Women Engineers Mentorship Mixer

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Come out to the Mentorship Mixer on Friday October 17th at Gateway Rooftop! We will be providing pie from the Pie Hole and it will be a great chance to meet your fellow SWEsters! After the mixer fill out the form below to help us match you with your preferences. Even if you cannot attend the mixer but still want a mentor or a mentee then you can still fill the form! Anyone who wants a mentor or a mentee needs to fill out the form by Sunday 10/19 at midnight, pairings will be announced via email by Wednesday 10/22.

    Mentor/Mentee Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mO70rEhPOrmaQF_fo84D8jqvG_jiRW7sEqCvlhjw6pA/viewform?usp=send_form

    Check out the Facebook event for more information and to RSVP! https://www.facebook.com/events/1533070640262460/?notif_t=plan_admin_added

    Location: Gateway Rooftop

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • ASBME Corporate Networking Night

    Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Join ASBME at our third annual Corporate Networking Night with representatives from 13 different biotech companies! This event is a prime opportunity to introduce yourself to recruiters for internships and jobs starting in 2015. Companies attending include Abbott, Accenture, Amgen, Baxter, Chromologic, Edwards, HTE@USC, Medtronic, MEIRxRS, National Instruments, Nuvasive, St. Jude, and USC Coulter Translational. Please bring copies of your resume and dress smartly. To reserve your seat, please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ojB20s4vR9567mudPGlFFt_pUdnmSSPibrk24WaGgls/viewform and submit a $20 deposit to the front desk of DRB 140 by the end of the week, October 10th (this will be returned to you at check-in for the event but forfeited if you do not show). Due to limited room capacity, we will give preference to Junior and Senior undergraduate students who are MEMBERS of ASBME; however, any interested underclassmen can sign up for the wait-list for available seats. Spot confirmations and additional details will be sent out by Monday, October 13th. Any questions can be directed to Joycelyn Yip, joycelyy@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - Forum

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • USC Viterbi Homecoming Tailgate

    Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    USC Viterbi will once again host a tailgate before the USC vs. Colorado football game on October 18.

    Tailgate to begin 3 hours prior to kickoff.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit us at Viterbi.usc.edu/Homecoming

    Fight On!

    Location: Epstein Familyy Engineering Plaza (formerly known as the Engineering Quad)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Maita Schuster

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  • DEN@Viterbi Homecoming Tailgate

    Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    DEN@Viterbi students: Join us for the ultimate networking opportunity! Connect with fellow DEN@Viterbi students, experience this amazing Trojan Family get-together and enjoy delicious food and a hosted bar. Check your email for details and a personalized registration link. Email Meredith Tiras at tiras@usc.edu for more information. Fight On!

    Location: Trousdale

    Audiences: DEN@Viterbi Students

    Posted By: Meredith Tiras

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  • USC Engineering in Chengdu, China - Information Session

    Sat, Oct 18, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Chengdu, China. This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representatives Ray Xu, Director of the USC China office for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Location:

    The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
    No 269 Shuncheng Avenue
    Qingyang District, Chengdu, 610017

    REGISTER NOW

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • USC Engineering in Nanjing, China - Information Session

    Sun, Oct 19, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Nanjing, China. This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representatives Ray Xu, Director of the USC China office for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Location:

    Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley
    169 Hanzhong Road
    Nanjing, Jiangsu 210029

    REGISTER NOW

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Janet Oldak, MSc., Ph.D., Professor of Dentistry, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, USC Ostrow School of Dentistry

    Talk Title: Reconstructing Dental Enamel via Amelogenin-Mediated Mineral Assembly

    Abstract: Dental enamel is the hardest mineralized tissue in human body. This bioceramic is composed of elongated apatite crystals, which are bundled in organized, parallel prisms, and a hierarchical structure that ensures the unique mechanical strength and biological protection that enamel provides to the tooth. Unlike other mineralized tissues, such as bone and dentin, mature enamel is acellular and cannot regenerate itself after substantial mineral loss, which often occurs as dental caries or erosion. Biomimetic enamel reconstruction is a significant topic in material science and dentistry as a novel approach for the treatment of dental caries. Amelogenin has been proven to be a critical protein for controlling the organized growth of apatite crystals. We have developed a protocol for superficial enamel reconstruction by using a novel amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel. Compared to other conventional treatments, such as topical fluoride and mouthwash, this method not only prevents the development of dental caries but also promotes significant and durable enamel restoration. The organized enamel-like microstructure regulated by amelogenin assemblies can significantly improve the mechanical properties of etched enamel, while the dense enamel-restoration interface formed by an in situ regrowth of apatite crystals can improve the effectiveness and durability of restorations. Furthermore, chitosan hydrogel is easy to use and can suppress bacterial infection, which is the major risk factor for the occurrence of dental caries. Therefore, this biocompatible and biodegradable amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel shows promise as a biomaterial for the prevention, restoration, and treatment of defective enamel.


    Host: Norberto Grzywacz

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • "Closed-Loop Brain-Machine Interface Architectures"

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Maryam M. Shanechi, Assistant Professor, USC

    Talk Title: "Closed-Loop Brain-Machine Interface Architectures"

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: A brain-machine-interface (BMI) is a system that interacts with the brain either to allow the brain to control an external device or to control the brain's state. While these two BMI types are for different applications, from a system-theoretic standpoint, they can both be viewed as closed-loop control systems. Our group develops BMI architectures by working at the interface of systems theory, statistical signal processing and neuroscience. In this talk, I present our work on designing both these BMIs, specifically motor BMIs for restoring movement in paralyzed patients and a BMI for control of the brain state under anesthesia. I also show ongoing work on a completely new BMI for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders using closed-loop control of electrical stimulation to the brain.

    Motor BMIs have largely used standard signal processing techniques. However, devising novel algorithmic solutions that are tailored to the neural system can significantly improve BMI performance. Here, I develop a novel BMI paradigm for movement restoration that incorporates an optimal feedback-control model of the brain and directly processes the spiking activity using point process modeling. I show that this paradigm significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art in closed-loop monkey experiments. Additionally, I construct a new BMI that controls the state of the brain under anesthesia. This is done by designing stochastic controllers that infer the brain's anesthetic state from non-invasive observations of neural activity and control the real-time rate of drug administration to achieve a target brain state. I show the reliable performance of this BMI in rodent experiments. Finally I present ongoing work on BMIs for closed-loop electrical stimulation of the brain to treat neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression.

    Biography: Maryam Shanechi is an assistant professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to joining USC, she was an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She received the B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006 and 2011, respectively. She has been named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for her pioneering work on brain-machine interfaces.

    Host: Dr. Ashutosh Nayyar

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH)

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 03:50 PM - 04:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Veronica Santos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: TBA

    Series: Seminars in Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH)

    Biography: http://www.mae.ucla.edu/people/faculty/veronica-santos
    Host: Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Charles Liu, Christianne Heck

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Intel Information Session for Graduate Students

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Jeff Jones as he discusses cutting edge developments and opportunities within Intel’s Logic Technology Development Group. Jeff is a Principle Engineer with LTD’s Advanced Design Group. Since joining Intel in 1996, Jeff has been involved in CPU design, silicon debug, and platform architecture - starting with Intel’s 250 nm fab process and continuing to tomorrow’s 7 nm process. His current areas of focus are Design/Process Pathfinding and Design Methodology Improvement.

    Grad students in EE, Comp Eng, Comp Sci, Chem Eng, Mat Sci, Chemistry, Physics, Optics welcome!

    Date: Monday, October 20th
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Location: VKC 150

    Interviews for qualified students held 10/21

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 150

    Audiences: Graduate Students in EE, Comp Eng, Comp Sci, Chem Eng, Mat Sci, Chemistry, Physics, Optics

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Schlumberger Information Session

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    We invite you to meet with us for an inside look at our Field Engineer and Petrotechnical positions. You will have an opportunity to talk one on one with Schlumberger representatives and learn more about who we are and what we do as an Oilfield Services Company. Food and Beverages will be provided!

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Viterbi Spotlight Series- Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Spotlight Series is your opportunity to connect with USC alumni and industry professionals that have been in your shoes and will share their experiences on how they got to where they are in their career.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Paul Gribik, Pacific Gas and Electric, Market Design and Analysis

    Talk Title: "Treating Uncertainty in Electricity Markets by Defining Ramp Capability Products"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) use Security Constrained Unit Commitment (SCUC) and Security Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED) models to operate their electricity markets and power systems. In the Real-Time market, the ISO typically forecasts the system requirements (e.g. five minute loads, operating reserve requirements) and system capability (e.g. a generator’s maximum output available and ramp rate, transmission constraints) for upcoming dispatch intervals over a dispatch horizon. It uses SCUC and SCED to find a least-cost commitment and dispatch that satisfies the power balance, transmission flow limits, and resource limits in each dispatch interval over the planning horizon.

    SCUC and SCED do not account for uncertainties in forecasts of load or resource capability. They will dispatch the system to achieve least cost over the dispatch horizon for a single forecast. As a result, the dispatch may not maintain any flexibility for the RTO to adjust the dispatch to respond to changes in forecasts as time progresses over the dispatch horizon. This can result in transmission violations or shortages of energy or reserves when forecasts change along with price spikes. To avoid this, the RTO will need controllable resources for which the RTO can alter power output to meet varying needs. With increases in the proportion of generation from intermittent renewable resources and increases in the flexibility of interchange scheduling (e.g., 15 minute scheduling intervals), it is likely that the variability the RTO will face will increase in the future, taxing the ramp response of controllable resources and increasing the frequency of short-term scarcity events due to shortages of rampable capacity.

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
    GRACE FORD SALVATORI HALL (GFS) ROOM 101
    3:30 - 4:50 PM


    Biography: Paul Gribik joined PG&E in 2012 where he works on market design and analysis issues. Prior to that, he was at Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator where he was a Senior Director. He joined MISO in 2003 as Director of Financial Transmission Rights. He developed the processes that were used to allocate FTRs to market participants and organized the group that runs the MISO’s FTR markets. He later started the Market Development and Analysis Group at MISO and led the group in developing a variety of market processes and in analyzing market outcomes. Most recently, he led their efforts to develop the Extended LMP methodology that allows commitment related costs to be included in LMPs, ramping flexibility products, and a zonal reserve procurement methodology that incorporates transmission constraints.
    Prior to joining MISO, Paul was a consultant from 1989 to 2003. He worked on developing electricity markets and on evaluating market processes and software. He also assisted electric utilities and independent power producers with their planning and operations problems both in areas with RTOs and without RTOs.

    Paul received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Industrial Administration and a PhD in Operations Research from Carnegie-Mellon University.

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Gribik.docx

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • eBay Information Session

    Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join representatives of this company as they share general company information and available opportunities.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Technical Interviewing Techniques- Presented by Fox

    Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join a Fox representative as he shares the inside scoop on technical interviewing. He will briefly discuss behavioral interviews, but the real focus here is the technical interview.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 123

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CANCELLED: Computer Science Tenured Faculty Meeting - EEB 248

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    CANCELLED

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • How to Prepare for an Academic Position

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The workshop panel will cover topics including: how to best spend one’s postdoc time, assemble a research statement, teaching statement, acquire and prepare reference letter writers, apply for academic jobs, prepare for an academic job interview, follow up the interview, and select a position. The workshop will be presented by a panel of faculty members, and moderated by Dr. Maja Mataric. The faculty panel will briefly present their insights and advice, followed by ample time for questions, answers, and examples.

    Organizers:
    Maja Mataric: Professor of Computer Science and Vice Dean for Research, Viterbi School of Engineering

    Panelists:
    Maja Mataric: Professor of Computer Science and Vice Dean for Research, Viterbi School of Engineering
    Surya Prakash: Professor, Dorsnife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
    Sarah Hamm-Alvarez: Professor and Vice Dean of Research

    RSVP requested by October 15 via
    https://uscviterbi.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bNTzClnDfGmBt65

    Location: Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library (DML) - 240

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kevin Chen, Viterbi Fellow in Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    Talk Title: Vortex Breakdown, Instability, and Sensitivity of a T-Junction Flow

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Abstract: The fluid flow through a T-shaped pipe bifurcation (with the inlet at the bottom of the "T") is a very familiar occurrence in both natural and man-made systems. Everyday examples include industrial pipe networks, microfluidic channels, and blood flows near the heart and brain. Yet, many questions about the flow physics remain, and prior analyses have been rudimentary. This seminar addresses three important questions: 1) How does the flow evolve with Reynolds number? 2) What are the important flow structures? 3) Lastly, where in the flow do the stability eigenvalues exhibit high sensitivity to dynamical perturbations? Much of this research focuses on the relation between vortex breakdown in the outlet pipes and the regions of stability, receptivity, and sensitivity as defined by linear global stability theory. The vortex breakdown, which occurs above a Reynolds number of 320, gives rise to recirculation regions near the junction; a supercritical Hopf bifurcation first occurs at a Reynolds number of 556. Regions of growth are concentrated in the outlet pipes, but regions of receptivity to initial conditions and external disturbances are confined to small regions near the walls of the inlet and junction. Finally, the flow is most sensitive to localized feedback and to base flow modifications in the recirculation regions, which we explain using an inviscid Lagrangian short-wavelength theory. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most complicated flow for which anyone has observed the relation between sensitivity and recirculation.

    Biography: Kevin Chen is presently a Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department. He attended Caltech as an Axline Scholar, where he received a B.S. with Honor in Engineering and Applied Science, with a focus in Aeronautics, in 2009. At Caltech, he conducted research in experimental and computational fluid dynamics with Mory Gharib, Beverley McKeon, and Tim Colonius. He attended Princeton University as a Gordon Y. S. Wu fellow, where he received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2011 and 2014, respectively, under the advising of Clancy Rowley and Howard Stone. He has received support from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the DOD NDSEG and NSF GRFP fellowships, and awards from Caltech and Princeton University. Kevin's primary research interest is the development of feedback flow control, where fluid mechanics intersect with modern control theory, stability theory, dynamical systems, and computational methods.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • University of Michigan Graduate School Info Session

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Have you ever considered pursing a master’s or Ph.D. degree? There are many things to consider when making the choice to attend graduate school. Which graduate school is right for me? Should I enter the work force immediately following undergraduate studies or continue my education?

    Please join several University of Michigan College of Engineering staff and graduate students for an informal gathering to learn more about the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree in engineering. University of Michigan College of Engineering, one of the nation’s top ranked graduate programs, provides competitive financial funding packages to all admitted Ph.D. students and some funding for master’s students. We hope you can join us!

    RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/michigan1022
    Dinner will be provided!

    If you cannot attend and would like more information about University of Michigan engineering graduate programs, email Shira Washington, sjwashin@umich.edu.

    www.engin.umich.edu/college/about

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • Halliburton Energy Services Information Session

    Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Please join Halliburton for an information session to learn more about our company, the position you are interviewing for and meet the hiring managers.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight on the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar


    The USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight offers K-12 students and teachers the opportunity to engage with engineering research; in October, the spotlight will be on the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, culminating in an Open House of some AME labs on Thursday, October 23. Reservations will be required; the reservation website is underdevelopment now.

    Location: Epstein Family Engineering Plaza VHE Breezeway

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Katie Mills

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  • Astronautical Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Astronautical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Mehran Mesbahi, Univ. of Washington

    Talk Title: Autonomous Networked Space Systems

    Abstract: This talk presents an overview of Mesbahi’s research on autonomous space systems, with particular attention to the design of the underlying control and motion planning algorithms using quaternions, dual quaternions, and convex optimization. Applications of such an approach to missions such as proximity operations, planetary landing, and asteroid capture will then be discussed. The second part of the talk will present some of the Mesbahi group's research on networked space systems, highlighting the challenges in the design of distributed algorithms for their autonomous or semi-autonomous operation.

    Biography: Mehran Mesbahi received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from USC in 1996. He was a member of the Guidance, Navigation, and Analysis group at JPL from 1996-2000 and an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2002. He is currently a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, and Executive Director of Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation at the University of Washington. He was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2001, NASA Space Act Award in 2004, UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005, and UW College of Engineering Innovator Award in 2008. His research interest is autonomous and networked aerospace systems.

    Host: Dan Erwin

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 158

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Dan Erwin

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  • RASC Seminar: Jeremy L. Wyatt (University of Birmingham) - Robots in Our World: Uncertain, Incomplete and Unfamiliar

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeremy L. Wyatt, University of Birmingham

    Talk Title: Robots in Our World: Uncertain, Incomplete and Unfamiliar

    Series: RASC Seminar Series

    Abstract: To make transfer to applications in everyday domains robots require the ability to cope with novelty, incomplete information and uncertainty. In this talk I will describe a line of work carried out over ten years that provides methods to tackle this. In particular I will focus on two problems: object search and manipulation. Both require the ability to reason about open or novel worlds. The results are demonstrated in a variety of robot systems: in particular the Dora and Boris robots. Dora is one of the first mobile robots able to plan in open worlds, using the notion of assumptions. Dora also uniquely attempts to explain and then verify explanations in the face of failure. Boris is a robot system for manipulation that can grasp novel objects, and if there is time I will also describe algorithms we are developing for Boris that allow active gathering of information to support manipulation.

    Biography: Jeremy L Wyatt is Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham. He gained his PhD from Edinburgh in 1996. He has published more than 80 papers, been the recipient of two best paper awards, and has led a variety of international robotics projects. He is interested in particular in robot planning and learning.

    Host: Stefan Schaal

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 406

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • DEN@Viterbi Online Information Session

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering DEN@Viterbi (Distance Education Network) strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

    Join this information session to learn more about the 40+ graduate level programs and continuing education offerings available completely online.

    RSVP NOW

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • MFD - Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Distinguished Lecture: Karsen Thompson (LSU)

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:45 PM - 02:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Karsen Thompson, Louisiana State University, Petroleum Engineering

    Talk Title: Using Image-based pore-scale modeling in reservoir simulation

    Series: Distinguished Lectures

    Abstract: TBA

    Host: Prof. Jessen

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • International Exchange Program Info Session

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Are you looking for a semester-long study abroad program? Consider the Viterbi International Exchange Program! You can spend a semester at either the National University of Singapore or the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology taking engineering courses and experiencing the local culture. Come to our information session to learn more about the program, what kinds of classes you can take, and how to apply. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required: http://bit.ly/1uCvYU

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • Edwards Lifesciences Information Session

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join representatives of this company as they share general company information and available opportunities.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Amgen Information Session

    Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, will be on campus Thursday, October 23rd to discuss their 2015 Undergrad & Graduate Information System Summer Internship opportunities located at their Thousand Oaks, Ca headquarters.  
     
    Come join Amgen from 6pm-8pm at the Trojan Room, Student Union Building Lower Level B-3 to learn about Amgen’s Mission, Values, Products, Strategic Initiative and Pipeline as well as our commitment to our community and employees. Also, meet representatives from the business and human resources to learn about the Information Systems and Finance organization and their internship opportunities.

    Location: Gwynn Wilson Student Union (STU) - Trojan Room, Lower Level B-3

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Transfer Day

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give prospective transfer students the answers to questions about the transfer process. Transfer Day includes an hour-long Engineering Admission presentation, led by Viterbi's Transfer Admission Advisors, that will go over the admission process,recommended courses for engineers, transfer credit policy, etc.

    To RSVP for transfer day visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/transfer/prospective/transferdays.html

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Admission

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  • Preview Day 2014

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology). Students interested in Ph.D. programs may want to consider attending REACH.

    For more information and to register

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate background in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: Mary Kae

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Junbing Yang, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, California Lithium Battery

    Talk Title: Silicon Anodes for Lithium Batteries

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay, JPL

    Talk Title: Terahertz Technology and its Applications

    Abstract: For more than last forty years, terahertz components and instruments have primarily been developed for space science applications in radio astronomy and planetary sciences. However, in recent years, terahertz waves are increasingly being used in commercial applications such as high speed communications, security imaging, autonomous landing and refueling of airplanes, and medicines. In spite of all these fascinating scientific and commercial potential, the terahertz frequency range (loosely defined as 300 GHz < ν < 10 THz) still remains one of the least utilized electromagnetic bands because of the unavailability of commercial source and sensor components, and sub-systems.

    Recent progress in CMOS technology as well as availability of InP HEMT based amplifiers in terahertz frequency band has caught the imagination of researchers for developing terahertz instruments for commercial applications. Rapid progress in multiple fronts, such as commercial software for component and device modeling, low-loss waveguide circuits and interconnect technologies, silicon micromachining for highly integrated and compact packaging, and submicron scale lithographic techniques, is making it an exciting time for terahertz engineers and scientists.

    In this presentation, an overview of the state of the terahertz technology will be presented. The talk will detail the science and other applications that specifically require technology at terahertz frequencies. The challenges of the future generation instruments and detectors at these frequencies in addressing the needs for critical scientific and commercial applications will also be discussed.

    The research described herein was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, under contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Biography: Goutam Chattopadhyay (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. From 1987 until 1992, he was a Design Engineer with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

    His research interests include microwave, millimeter- and submillimeter- wave heterodyne and direct detector receivers, frequency sources and mixers in the terahertz region, antennas, SIS mixer technology, direct detector bolometer instruments; InP HEMT amplifiers, mixers, and multipliers; high frequency radars, and applications of nanotechnology at terahertz frequencies. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. Among various awards and honors, he was the recipient of the Best Undergraduate Student Award from the University of Calcutta in 1987, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship Award from the Government of India in 1992, and the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 1997. He was the recipient of the best journal paper award in 2013 by IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. He also received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE.



    Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

    For questions or additional details, please email myamagat@usc.edu

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910780

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay, JPL

    Talk Title: Terahertz Technology and its Applications

    Abstract: For more than last forty years, terahertz components and instruments have primarily been developed for space science applications in radio astronomy and planetary sciences. However, in recent years, terahertz waves are increasingly being used in commercial applications such as high speed communications, security imaging, autonomous landing and refueling of airplanes, and medicines. In spite of all these fascinating scientific and commercial potential, the terahertz frequency range still remains one of the least utilized electromagnetic bands because of the unavailability of commercial source and sensor components, and sub-systems.

    Recent progress in CMOS technology as well as availability of InP HEMT based amplifiers in terahertz frequency band has caught the imagination of researchers for developing terahertz instruments for commercial applications. Rapid progress in multiple fronts, such as commercial software for component and device modeling, low-loss waveguide circuits and interconnect technologies, silicon micromachining for highly integrated and compact packaging, and submicron scale lithographic techniques, is making it an exciting time for terahertz engineers and scientists.

    In this presentation, an overview of the state of the terahertz technology will be presented. The talk will detail the science and other applications that specifically require technology at terahertz frequencies. The challenges of the future generation instruments and detectors at these frequencies in addressing the needs for critical scientific and commercial applications will also be discussed.

    The research described herein was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, under contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Biography: Goutam Chattopadhyay (S’93-M’99-SM’01-F’11) is a Principal Engineer/Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. From 1987 until 1992, he was a Design Engineer with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

    His research interests include microwave, millimeter- and submillimeter- wave heterodyne and direct detector receivers, frequency sources and mixers in the terahertz region, antennas, SIS mixer technology, direct detector bolometer instruments; InP HEMT amplifiers, mixers, and multipliers; high frequency radars, and applications of nanotechnology at terahertz frequencies. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. Among various awards and honors, he was the recipient of the Best Undergraduate Student Award from the University of Calcutta in 1987, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship Award from the Government of India in 1992, and the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 1997. He was the recipient of the best journal paper award in 2013 by IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. He also received more than 30 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE.



    Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

    For questions or additional details, please email myamagat@usc.edu

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910780

    Location: 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: CEE Ph.D. Students, Astani CEE Ph.D. Candidates

    Talk Title: TBA

    Abstract: TBA

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • USC Engineering in Guangzhou, China - Information Session

    Sat, Oct 25, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Guangzhou, China. This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representatives Ray Xu, Director of the USC China office for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Location:

    The Westin Guangzhou
    6 Lin He Zhong Road
    Tian He District, Guangzhou 510610

    REGISTER NOW

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • MFD - Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Seminar

    Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Hadi Hajibeygi, Petroleum Engineering, Delft University of Technology

    Talk Title: Next-Generation Multiscale-Based Reservoir Simulation: Recent Advances and Future Challenges

    Abstract: The Multiscale Finite Volume (MSFV) Method has been developed for
    efficient simulation of highly heterogeneous reservoirs with nonlinear
    physics, allowing for more reliable management strategies. In this
    presentation, I will discuss why a multiscale, and particularly the MSFV,
    method is necessary for large-scale reservoir simulations. Then, the
    mathematical framework and the systematic error reduction strategies for
    time-dependent problems are presented. Numerical results for
    challenging problems, ranging from compressible and compositional
    flows to heterogeneous problems with fractures and wells, are presented.
    In particular, the first multiscale fully implicit (fully coupled) simulation
    of 3D compositional problems with gravity and capillarity effects are
    presented. Finally, to-date and future challenges in this research field will
    be discussed.

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Graduate

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Peter Kuhn, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Bridge Institute, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, USC

    Talk Title: TBA

    Host: Norberto Grzywacz

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • EA's MEGA Industry Week Info Session

    Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Don't miss out on this great experience with EA!

    Location: SCI 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • PepsiCo/Pepsi Beverages Company Information Session

    Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PepsiCo will be hosting an information session for students interested in learning about the available positions within our Pepsi Americas Beverages division. This is a great way to learn more about the company and our career opportunities. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet the recruiters. Refreshments will be served.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • WIE Lunch & Learn: Senior Student Panel

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for a panel discussion with senior Viterbi female students who will share their advice to make the most of your time at USC. To RSVP, please visit http://bit.ly/wie1028

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Women In Engineering

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  • CS Colloquium: Bilge Mutlu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - Human-Centered Methods and Principles for Designing Robotic Products

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bilge Mutlu , University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: Human-Centered Methods and Principles for Designing Robotic Products

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Robotic products constitute an emerging family of technologies that holds tremendous promise for everyday use. This promise also presents challenges for designers: the interactions they afford can be far more complex than those with conventional products, and designing for these interactions introduces many new questions. For instance, how can we design a product that follows human social norms? What is the design space for such a product? How can we empower designers to tackle such design problems? In this talk, I will present my group's work on building human-centered tools, methods, and knowledge to enable the design of robotic products. In particular, I will describe the development of novel tools and methods that support complex design tasks across the key stages of the design process, including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, and an exploration into the design space for robotic products across different platforms, including social, assistive, and telepresence robots.


    Biography: Bilge Mutlu is an assistant professor of computer science, psychology, and industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in 2009. His background combines training in interaction design, human-computer interaction, and robotics with industry experience in product design and development. Dr. Mutlu is a former Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and several paper awards and nominations, including HRI 2008, HRI 2009, HRI 2011, UbiComp 2013, IVA 2013, RSS 2013, and HRI 2014. His research has been covered by national and international press including the NewScientist, MIT Technology Review, Discovery News, Science Nation, and Voice of America. He has served in the Steering Committee of the HRI Conference and the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, co-chairing the Program Committees for HRI 2015 and ICSR 2011 and the Program Sub-committees on Design for CHI 2013 and CHI 2014.


    Host: Maja Mataric

    More Information: Mutlu-Photo.jpg

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Markos V. Koutras, Dean, School of Finance and Statistics, University of Piraeus, Greece

    Talk Title: "Probability Models for Relıabılıty Systems: Exact and Asymptotic Results"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: When studying a reliability structures , the interest may focus on two different types of results: explicit compact or recurrence formulae for the evaluation of the exact system reliability and approximations and/or limit formulae for assessing the reliability of large systems.

    In the present talk we are going to present several results for both cases. The exact results that will be discussed involve traditional combinatorial analysis techniques, generating functions techniques as well as Markov chain imbedding techniques.

    The approximations and bounds involve results based on Chen-Stein and related techniques, Poisson and compound Poisson approximations, Perron-Frobenius theory and large deviations theory.

    Most of the results can be easily obtained by adapting to the reliability framework several probability models that have been developed for other scientific areas such as Quality Control (control charts), Actuarial Science (portfolio management), Engineering (start-up demonstration tests), Molecular Biology (DNA sequencing) etc. Therefore, the connection between reliability models and associated models of these areas will also be illustrated.

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
    GRACE FORD SALVATORI HALL (GFS) ROOM 101
    3:30 - 4:50 PM

    Biography: Markos V. Koutras

    Education
    1979 Diploma: University of Athens, Department of Mathematics.
    1981 MSc: University of Athens, Department of Mathematics, Information Science and Operations Research.
    1983 PhD: University of Athens, Department of Mathematics, «Contribution to the Theory of Spherical Distributions and Associated Discrimination Problems».

    Research Interests
    Theory of Runs and Scans, Multivariate Analysis, Combinatorial Distributions, Reliability Theory, Statistical Quality Control.

    Current Position
    Professor of Statistics and Applied Probability
    Department of Statistics and Insurance Science,
    University of Piraeus
    Greece

    Dean, School of Finance and Statistics
    University of Piraeus
    Greece

    Teaching
    Undergraduate courses
    Combinatorics, Introductory Statistics, Applied Data Analysis, Introductory Probability Theory, Advanced Probability Theory, Combinatorics, Regression Analysis, Hypothesis testing.

    Postgraduate courses
    Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance, Applied Multivariate Analysis, Research Methodology, Reliability Theory and Life Testing, Statistical Methods, Experimental Design.


    Additional Information
    • Publications in referred Journals and special volumes (by invitation): 80
    • Number of Citations: >900
    • PhD Thesis supervision: 5
    • MSc Thesis supervision: >70
    • Referee for >30 different Journals:
    • Associate Editor in 6 International Journals
    • Scientist in Charge in more than 10 Research Projects
    • Referee for 5 NSF/NSERC Projects
    • Textbooks and special volumes Editor: 10 in Greek, 5 in English (3 under preparation)



    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Koutras.docx

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • In & Out: 30 Minutes to Identify Internships & Jobs Still Available!

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Looking for a job after graduation or an internship this summer? Join VCS for 30 minutes to learn about resources you can use to identify and apply for employment opportunities.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Tech Talk with Daniel Chuang

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You don't want to miss this great EA event with Daniel Chuang!

    Location: EGG Company II (EGG) - GamePipe Lab

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • #ViterbiAbroad 2015: SUMMER IN LONDON Info Session

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are thinking about applying to this year's Viterbi Summer Abroad program in London, then you should mark your calendars for this information session.

    Join us to learn about the details of this summer's program, the classes that will be available, the benefits of participating in the summer program, the culture and background of London, as well as more on the application and interview process.

    Seating in RTH 211 is first come, first served.

    More info on our program is available at http://viterbi.usc.edu/overseas

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Paul Ledesma

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  • ASBME GM #4: Research Panel

    Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Are you interested in getting involved in research but not sure where to start? Join ASBME for a research panel made up of current undergraduate students who are involved in research, as well as guest speaker Jen Rohrs, a BME PhD who spent her undergraduate years heavily involved in research. The panelists will talk about their experiences searching for, applying for, and participating in research. In addition to the Q&A session, the panelists will offer advice for those who want to get involved in research. Subway will be provided for dinner.

    Location: ZHS 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Day-After-HotNets Mini-Workshop at USC Computer Science

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Multiple, See Event Details

    Talk Title: Day-After-HotNets Mini-Workshop at USC Computer Science

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: We hope we will see you at HotNets at the University of Southern California on October 27-28! The HotNets General Chairs (John Heidemann and Ethan Katz-Bassett) and the USC Networked Systems Lab (Ramesh Govindan, Minlan Yu, Wyatt Lloyd, and Ethan Katz-Bassett) would like to invite you to stick around for part of the following day October 29 to see various talks on related work and attend other talks as part of a mini-workshop, in our group's newly renovated lab on the USC campus a short walk from the HotNets venue.

    Biography: David Oran: 10:00-10:25
    Brighten Godfrey: 10:25-10:50
    Fahad Dogar: 10:50-11:15
    “Improving Response Times of Data Center Applications”
    Luigi Rizzo: 11:15-11:40
    lunch: 11:40-12:40
    Nina Taft: 12:40 - 1:05
    “A New Frontier for Privacy: Data Mining on Encrypted Data”
    Te-Yuan (TY) Huang: 1:05-1:30
    “A Buffer-Based Approach to Rate Adaptation: Evidence from a Large Video Streaming Service”

    Host: Ethan Katz-Bassett, Minlan Yu

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Computer Science Tenured Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Invited faculty only. Event details will be emailed directly to invited attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Big Data and Human Behavior Speaker Series: Matthias Mehl (Associate Professor) University of Arizona

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Abstract: How much time do we spend talking? Or laughing? Or arguing with others? How often do we show gratitude or express empathy? These seemingly trivial questions are important because they illustrate how little is known about our everyday social interactions. Over the last fifteen years, I have (co-)developed and validated the Electronically Activated Recorder or EAR, an ecological momentary assessment tool that can track people's naturally occurring (acoustic) social lives. Technically, the EAR is a digital audio recorder that intermittently records snippets of ambient sounds while participants go about their normal lives. Conceptually, it is a naturalistic observation sampling method that produces an acoustic log of a person's day as it unfolds. With the EAR, we can begin to study how subtle yet objective (in the sense of observable) aspects of people's daily social interactions are related to important psychological processes such as personality, well-being, and health. In this talk I will give an overview of the EAR method and the research we have done with it, highlight recent findings about virtuous behavior in everyday life, and discuss the method in the broader context of mobile sensing research.

    Bio: Matthias Mehl received his Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. After that, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Psychology Department where he is now a tenured Associate Professor. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, an Associate Investigator at the Arizona Cancer Center, and an Affiliate Faculty at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. Over the last decade, Dr. Mehl has developed and validated the Electronically Activated Recorder (or EAR) as a novel methodology for the unobtrusive naturalistic observation of daily life. He has repeatedly written about and given workshops on novel real-world assessment methods and, recently, co-edited the Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life (2012; Guilford Press). His research has been published in various high-impact journals including Science, Psychological Science, Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Health Psychology, and Psychosomatic Medicine, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCI, NICHD, NCCAM), the American Cancer Society, and the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Mehl is the current Vice President of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified him as a ‘Rising Star’.

    Location: Cammilleri Hall, BCI

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Communications, Networks & Systems (CommNetS) Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Lijun Chen, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Talk Title: The Weighted Sum Rate Maximization in MIMO Interference Networks: Minimax Lagrangian Duality and Algorithm

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: We take a new approach to the weighted sum-rate maximization in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) interference networks, by formulating an equivalent max-min problem. This reformulation has significant implications: the Lagrangian duality of the equivalent max-min problem provides an elegant way to establish the sum-rate duality between an interference network and its reciprocal, and more importantly, suggests a novel iterative minimax algorithm with monotonic convergence for the weighted sum-rate maximization. The design and the convergence proof of the algorithm use only general convex analysis. They apply and extend to other max-min problems with similar structure, and thus provide a general class of algorithms for such optimization problems. This paper presents a promising step and lends hope for establishing a general method based on the minimax Lagrangian duality for developing efficient resource allocation and interference management algorithms for general MIMO interference networks.

    Biography: Lijun Chen is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Telecommunications at University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 2007, and was a Research Scientist in Computing + Mathematical Science at the same institute before joining Colorado. He was a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems in 2007. His current research interests are in communication networks, power networks, parsimonious recovery and low-rank solutions, and optimization, game theory and their engineering application.

    Host: Prof. Ashutosh Nayyar

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Annie Yu

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Joe Klewicki, Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH & University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia

    Talk Title: Self-Similarity in the Inertial Region of Wall Turbulence

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Abstract: The inverse of the von Karman constant, K, is the leading coefficient in the equation describing the logarithmic mean velocity profile in wall bounded turbulent flows. Previous research demonstrates that the asymptomatic value of K derives from an emerging condition of dynamic self-similar hierarchy of scaling layers. First-principles based analyses are used to reveal a number of properties associated with the asymptomatic value of K. The development leads toward, but terminates short of, analytically determining a value for K. Consistent with the differential transformations underlying the invariant form admitted by the governing mean equation, it is further demonstrated that the value of K arises from two geometric features associated with the inertial turbulent motions responsible for momentum transport. One nominally pertains to the shape of the relevant motions as quantified by their area coverage in any given wall-parallel plane, and the other pertains to the changing size of these motions in the wall-nominal direction. Data from direct numerical simulations and higher Reynolds number experiments convincingly support the self-similar geometric structure indicated by the analysis.

    Biography: Joseph Klewicki holds joint appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia and the University of New Hampshire. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his BS (1983), MS (1985) and PhD (1989) degrees from MSU, Georgia Tech and MSU respectively. His areas of specialization include experimental methods in fluid mechanics, turbulent and unsteady flows, vorticity dynamics, boundary layers, atmosphere surface layer phenomena.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • CS Colloquium: Brian Scassellati (Yale University) - Building Models of Self and Task

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Brian Scassellati, Yale University

    Talk Title: Building Models of Self and Task

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: This talk is an amalgamation of two topics that came out of research on building socially collaborative systems that focus on building richer representations of both robots and the tasks that they engage in. First, I will discuss methods for building self-trained models of a robot's own kinematic structure and sensory systems. Second, I will describe on-going efforts to automatically learn hierarchical representations of task structure from observations. These two topics, taken together, present a novel viewpoint of how we can restructure the way in which we view the division between built-in representations and learned methods.

    Biography: Brian Scassellati is a Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics. His research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Using computational modeling and socially interactive robots, his research evaluates models of how infants acquire social skills and assists in the diagnosis and quantification of disorders of social development (such as autism).

    Host: Maja Mataric

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Astani Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Isaam Najm, Water Quality & Treatment Solutions, Inc

    Talk Title: Challenges to the Implementation of Biological Groundwater Treatment

    Abstract:



    Host: Dr. Amy Childress

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 106

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • In & Out: 30 Minutes to Identify Internships & Jobs Still Available!

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Looking for a job after graduation or an internship this summer? Join VCS for 30 minutes to learn about resources you can use to identify and apply for employment opportunities.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Information Session

    Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    JPL representatives to present company overview, followed by a panel of Q&A.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Online Information Session - Discover Viterbi: Engineering Management

    Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is a top ranked graduate engineering program by U.S. News and World Report. Join us for an online information session to learn about the exciting opportunities in Engineering Management. Professor Geza Bottlik will be joining the session to highlight important information about the program.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Find More Jobs & Internships: Viterbi Career Gateway Workshop- For Graduate Students

    Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us to get tips on how to navigate this powerful job & internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students. Graduate students will also learn about unique tools that can aid in the job search.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 123

    Audiences: All Viterbi Graduate and Post Graduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • CS Colloquium: Chris J. C. Burges (Microsoft Research )

    Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Chris J. C. Burges , Microsoft Research

    Talk Title: From Machine Learning to Machine Comprehension? Plus, two challenge datasets, and a family relations model.

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Will current Machine Learning approaches be sufficient to solve the problem of the machine comprehension of text? First I will explain why, despite its recent successes in attacking several basic problems in AI, I think that the answer is "probably not". Then I will describe two datasets that we recently created to spur research on this problem. Finally I will describe recent work on modeling relations between relations, as instantiated by a model of human family relations.

    Biography: After a checkered past involving first theoretical physics and then systems engineering at Bell Labs, Chris Burges saw a cool demo of a neural network reading handwritten digits: this triggered his long descent into machine learning. He has worked on handwriting and machine print recognition (he worked on a system now used to read millions of checks daily, and on Zip code and handwritten address recognition for the USPS), support vector machines, audio fingerprinting (his work is currently used in XBox and Windows Media Player to identify music), speaker verification, and information retrieval. His ranking algorithm is currently used by Bing for web search. Chris manages the Machine Learning and Intelligence group at Microsoft Research. He was program co-chair of Neural Information Processing Systems 2012 and general co-chair of NIPS 2013. His main current research interest is on modeling meaning in language.

    Host: Fei Sha

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Yahoo Information Session

    Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Yahoo representatives as they share more information on Yahoo Mobile and Emerging Products!

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Ph.D. Movie Night!

    Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Student Activity


    On Thursday, October 30, 2014, from (5:30 - 9:00 PM), enjoy a fun and "shiny" evening with your fellow Ph.D. students in the Epstein Family Engineering Plaza with a FREE showing of "Serenity", the popular American movie sequel to Firefly. There will be FREE soft drinks and popcorn!

    There will also be a costume contest. Come dressed up in a costume as your favorite character from Firefly (i.e. "Brown coat"). And the best costume will win a prize!

    Students are advised to bring their own blankets and snacks, however absolutely no alcohol is permitted. This is only for Ph.D. students, and RSVPs will be sent via email.

    Location: Epstein Family Engineering Plaza (E-Quad)

    Audiences: Ph.D. Students Only

    Posted By: GAPP Doctoral Programs

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  • Society of Women Engineers: Halloween Fun Fair

    Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Celebrate the spooky holiday by volunteering with SWE to work at the Halloween Fun Fair!
    Check out our Facebook page SWE-USC for more details!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Crisalli, President, Polaris, Inc.

    Talk Title: Development and Testing of Propulsion Equipment

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • BME Special Seminar: Developing interdisciplinary approaches using biomedical ultrasound

    Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Cheri X. Deng, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Talk Title: Developing interdisciplinary approaches using biomedical ultrasound

    Biography: http://www.bme.umich.edu/people/index.php?un=cxdeng
    Host: Kirk Shung, Ph.D., Dean's Professor in Biomedical Engineering

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 146

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • NL Seminar-Generating Psycholinguistic Norms

    Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nikolaos Malandrakis , (USC/SAIL)

    Talk Title: Generating Psycholiguistic Norms

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: numerical representations of word and term content are very popular in NLP applications of behavioral analysis, like sentiment analysis, where the low dimensional representation allows for the use of complicated machine learning techniques, despite the lack of annotated in-domain data. In this presentation we will discuss our experiments on automatically expanding manually annotated lexica of linguistic norms, starting from word emotion norms and generalizing to include higher order terms, norms beyond emotion (like concreteness and age of acquisition) as well as languages other than English. We will present our attempts at domain adaptation of these norms, as well as the composition of norms for larger lexical units via their constituents by utilizing distributional semantic representations. As examples of actual applications we will present a highly ranked system of sentiment analysis submitted to SemEval 2014 and a multi-modal depression diagnosis system for German submitted to AVEC 2014.


    Biography: Nikolaos Malandrakis is a third year PhD student at the USC Computer Science Department and a research assistant at the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL). He is originally from Chania, Greece, where he completed a BSc and MSc in Computer Engineering at the Technical University of Crete.

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 6th Flr Conf Rm # 689, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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